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10/19/2015 Cranston bridge renamed in honor of former legislator Raymond Durfee
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Hanna Gallo and Rep. Robert Jacquard welcomed the family and friends of the late Raymond Durfee to a dedication ceremony held on Saturday, Oct. 17 to rename the Pocasset River Bridge to The Honorable Raymond M. Durfee Bridge.       

“Raymond Durfee was a true American hero who served the community of Cranston his entire life.  Whether it was being a lieutenant on the ship that landed the Marines on Iwo Jima or becoming the first naval officer in New England to be called back to service during the Korean conflict, Raymond Durfee always answered the call to help his community and country.  This is a fitting honor for him,” said Representative Jacquard (D-Dist. 17, Cranston). 

“Raymond served his beloved city at the State House for 15 years as well as through his long-running family hardware store that saw Raymond behind the counter until his 87th year.  Raymond will be missed by all Cranston residents but his memory will forever live on with this most worthy honor to his name,” said Senator Gallo (D-Dist. 27, Cranston, West Warwick).

Mayor Fung said Durfee was an “institutional icon” and made Cranston a better place.

“He was an ambassador for Rolfe Street and our city. He was committed to public service and was a strong voice for our city in the legislature for numerous years,” Mayor Fung said. “He did so many wonderful things for the community and we have benefited from his generosity in time and resources. Cranston is a better place and I can only wish for more people like Ray Durfee in our city and the world.”

Raymond M. Durfee was born in the city of Cranston in 1922.  He attended Cranston High School (1940) and Brown University (1944) after which he enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged as a lieutenant in 1946.  Raymond Durfee also served with distinction in the Rhode Island State House, first as a Representative from Cranston from 1963 through 1970.  He was then elected to the state Senate in 1970, serving through 1978.  Raymond Durfee passed away in 2011 at the age of 88.

Rep. Robert Jacquard, left, and Sen. Hanna Gallo, second from right, join the sons of the late Raymond Durfee.  David Durfee, second from left and, Peter Durfee, first from right.   A truck for the long time business of Durfee passes by the ceremony.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903